I'll let you in on some juicy backstage action at ABU with SISTAR, Justice Crew, May'n & more.
7 Nov 2013 - 4:03 PM  UPDATED 7 Nov 2013 - 4:37 PM

ABU TV Song Festival live on stage 2013


5 – Rehearsals. It’s amazing watching pop stars hard at work before their actual performances. It’s a reminder that everyone has to work at being awesome. In this case I got to watch SISTAR rehearse three times and actually talk to them about our on-stage interview, as well as where to stand. There’s also the realization that YOU’RE STANDING ON THE SAME STAGE AS THEM. Le Gasp.

Jamaica and Hong Phuk co-hostingt he ABU TV Song Festival 2013


 4 - Show Time. I know this should be a little bit higher up the list, but all the good stuff always happens behind the scenes. This year’s Song Fest line-up is livelier, though, so it’s ranked the fourth best. Plus I loved seeing the crowd’s reaction to Justice Crew’s flips and b-boy tricks. Aussie Aussie Aussie!

Justice Crew on stage at the ABU TV Song Fest 2013

3 – The After Party. The pressure is off and everyone’s more relaxed and ready to have a good time! The room is full of execs, pop stars and performers just hanging out. SISTAR’s sitting at the corner having a bite; I’m trying to be cool and not approach them for photos while they’re eating. Justice Crew members have taken over the stage for some impromptu karaoke. Japan’s MAY’N is working the room, introducing herself and handing out BluRay copies of her music videos. I’m shaking a KBS (Korea) exec’s hand and telling him how popular Music Bank is in Australia. The whole sitch is just UNREAL.

Jamaica dancing with Justice Crew


 2- Hanging out with Justice Crew. For an ARIA-nominated pop group with a number one hit under their belt, these boys are chill. They’re humble, always fun to be around AND they’re always ready for a dance battle. Did I mention four of them are Filipino, like me? Kayaban! (‘Countryman’ in Tagalog)

Justice Crew and SISTAR at ABU

Justice Crew and SISTAR selfie

1- Meeting SISTAR. … And here’s the photo to prove it!

Make sure you watch the ABU TV Song Festival broadcast on SBS2, this Saturday 9th November after the PopAsia show at 7pm (AEDT).